I pulled over into a New York welcome center to write this on the way to the course in Corning.
First off, if you don't like my review, don't read it. I didn't do this to write reviews, I was asked to. This was planned 3 years ago, this site has been around for 4 months.
Second, as I have stated several times- I appreciate (extremely) the hard work and dedication people all over the country put into getting courses installed. I know what it takes. Without them we wouldn't have this game to play. When I reviews a course, it is based on how I perceive it, at the time and conditions I get to be there which is just once. I am harsh, in my opinion about 25% of courses are even above just 'good'. I do not even hold Hudson Mills on a pedestal, ask anyone, it's not even in my top 25. After playing 421? courses now, I have come to the opinion that it would be better for the sport, and for many of the players, to work on the courses that already exist and make them into wonderful places to play, instead of throwing baskets in the ground and leaving things to rot. 99% of all the courses I have played have potential to be great, for one reason or another. I can see the hard work that goes into maintaining them. If you have a work day at your course and I'm in the area let me know, I will be there.
About East Stroudsburg, I learned later that the guy in charge of it has not been able to be out there maintaining it, that's why it is in the shape it is in. The simple fact is I was there when it is in bad shape, the locals told me they don't bother to play it even. If the course is practically in an unplayable condition, I will say so. Soon it won't be, I understand that. I appreciate that they are working on getting it marked and cut-out and fixing the tees in about 3 weeks from now, wish I could play it then, the land is good. I cannot comment on the design, because it simply was too hard to tell what it will look like when complete (I'm not in charge of what trees come down how can I know).
If I came from out of town to play my own private course, I'd have given it a "c" or so grade even. It is not marked, hard to navigate, many blind shots, insanely nasty rough, usually not mowed, etc.